Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 6: Dalek

Dalek: Deadverse Massive 1: Dalek Rarities 1999-2006

Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 6: Dalek

After the last two duds, hopes were very low for this week’s Hydra Head For Your Earholes adventure. In fact, we were so gun-shy, we broke the rule that we had to listen to whatever we drew first. That disc promised “brutal” grindcore, so… We moved on to Dalek, a group we’ve actually heard of! Granted, we’ve heard of them because Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn recommend them, which could mean anything, including “brutal grindcore”. Feeling very, very nervous, we cued up the CD. Seeing it was 77 minutes of rarities, the nervousness only grew. Visions of brutal re-mixed nonny-nonny music danced in our earholes.

Imagine our surprise when it turned out to be awesome! Instead of brutal grindcore, we got hip-hop. Hip-hop that went from dreamy to intense to intensely-dreamy. Hip-hop is not, generally, on the ol’ stereo here at Maple Hoo because none of us are really lyrics-driven listeners. This CD, though, is a good reminder that hip-hop instrumentation can be really, really wild, and interesting, and just the kind of genre-blending-and/or-busting music that frequently is on the stereo here. (Of course, the flipside of that thinking is ending up tapping your toes and revealing in awesome music only to realize you’re bopping along to a song about the atrocities of racism in America. But, officer, the music was catchy!)

All in all, it was good to be off the dud schnide. And who knows, maybe that brutal grindcore will be really fun when we get around to listen to it?

Elsewhere in earhole news this week:

We spent Saturday afternoon in need of some bouncy, energetic work music to accompany the giant project of basting a queen-size quilt. With about twenty minutes to go, Pookie was looking for some sunshine-y, goodtime music to make those twenty minutes fly. She turned to the ol’ stand-by Wires Under Tension’s “Replicant” (one of Maple Hoo’s picks for Top Ten Album of 2012, btw).

Schnookie: This song makes me feel like I’m in a movie. It’s the end of the movie, and the camera’s panning back to show me, the newly single, newly happy woman in a big city, joyously greeting whatever comes next.

Pookie: Right, and you’ve just met-cute with Joesph Gorden Levitt on the corner!

Schnookie: Of course! JGL and I have just saved the world from some terrible fate that the rest of the city didn’t even know was going down.

Pookie: It’s “(500) Days Of Jason Bourne”!

Man, who wouldn’t want to see that movie?!

Behold, (500) Days of Jason Bourne:

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Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 5: Kayo Dot

Kayo Dot, “Blue Lambency Downward”

Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 5, or More Like Kayo Puke, Amirite?

You guys, this was such a bad album. It started out with Pookie being all excited we drew it, because she’d listened to some other Kayo Dot on Spotify and really liked it, and was all, “They’re really good!” Then we put the CD in the player, got the speakers fired up, and… oof. The first track was what seemed like an hour of the world’s most pretentious college acapella group (but the people who didn’t make the college’s actual acapella group, and had to start their own off-brand one) doing experimental theater. Then the second track seemed like the world’s most pretentious college theater students (but the people who didn’t make it into the college’s actual plays, and had to stage their own in their dorm’s common room) doing experimental dance. We didn’t hear the third track because Schnookie was laughing too hard and Pookie zapped over it. The fourth track was more of the same — a little “nonny-nonny,” a little ridiculous-poetry lyrics, a lot of WTF??? music. Who even knows what it was like after that, because we threw in the towel. We staged our photo of it under a heap of cat toys, hoping maybe Fabi could get more use out of it than we will.

But all was not lost, music-wise, last week. Because lo! Our earholes were tickled mightily by the long-awaited release of Tomahawk’s Oddfellows. We had despaired when the first single was released several months ago, because “Stone Letter” is not the most compelling song we’ve ever heard Mike Patton sing on. (That’s a polite way of putting it. “Stone Letter” sounds, out of context of the album, like lousy ’90s rock. In the context of the album it’s a lot more ignorable, and in fact even comes off as catchy and fun.) Far more indicative tracks are “Waratorium”:

and “Baby Let’s Play”:

Oh, sweet, sweet Tomahawk. Thank you so much for rescuing us from the evil clutches of Kayo Dot.

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Project Hyrda Head For Your Earholes Week 4: Hayaino Daisuki

Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 4

Schnookie’s review: That 14-minute CD was 12 minutes too long.

Pookie’s review: It sounds like if Zu met Dethklok and then played the same song over and over.

In short, this was our first outright dud of the project. But the packaging was pretty funny, so there’s that.

Also tickling the ol’ earholes this week, new Dan The Automator!

This is terrific music to perk up the drab month of January. We hope this isn’t replacing the rumored-for-years sequel to Lovage, but it’s still a delightful addition to Maple Hoo’s music collection.

Also blowing our minds this week was Om’s Advaitic Songs. Yeah, we’re a few months behind on this, but we discovered it at the record store over the weekend — thanks, Elizabeth, for having your wedding reception right next to the Princeton Record Exchange! If you’re looking to have a song climb into your head and then look out your eyes, look no farther than this:

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Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes: Week 3

Week 3: Knut, “Alter”

Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes Week 3

When we fired this CD up we both had an immediate, involuntary response to each other: “Heavy”. This is an album of remixes of Knut’s previously released works, none of which we are familiar with. So while we can’t assess whether this is a redundant or navel-gazing exercise, we can say that it’s a delightful standalone. It rocked hard, it was easy to digest, and it ranged from head-bangy to contemplative to peppy bleep-bloopy and back again. Unlike last week’s entry, it didn’t spur any kind of deeper thought about its meaning, but also unlike last week’s entry, it’s actually something we’ll probably listen to in our cars.

But Favre was unimpressed.

Favre The Knut Holder

Also tickling the ol’ earholes this week:

OMG. We hit up Bela Fleck’s Banjo Summit in Princeton. We both figured it would be a pleasant evening of bluegrass, a lovely diversion for a Saturday night. Boy, were we wrong. OK, the first act was a pleasant hour of lovely bluegrass. The second act included a number that literally had us both gasping for air out of the sheer kick-assed-ness of an electric banjo with a distortion pedal. Minds were blown. HOLY SHIT. It was as extraordinary and surprising as seeing the Dirty Three at ATP last year. Here’s a clip of the second half of the number; imagine it’s been slowly climbing into your head to look out your eyes (and that you’ve been listening to over an hour of pleasant, lovely, standard banjo music):

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Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes: Week 2

Week 2: “Drawing Voices” by Drawing Voices

Hydra Head Proejct Week 2: Drawing Voices

When we first went through the box of 30 CDs after they showed up in the mail, this was the one I was most intrigued by, based on the little blurb on the label. It said:

The Drawing Voices project was founded by Craig Dongoski in 1999. The underlying aim is to use technology to exploit the hidden sound of mark-making. Through the amplification of marks being made while drawing (or writing), experiments are set up to reveal the potential of those sounds to communicate. This CD includes recordings culled from various Drawing Voices sessions used in collaboration with musician/artist Aaron Turner. In addition to the original source recordings, further layers have been added to the sonic palette, including but not limited to: washes of treated guitar textures, vocal loops, and scattered sonic shavings.

Cool, right? Well, the liner notes had a far more in-depth (read: “almost impenetrably artsy-fartsy”) description from the artist about the aims of the project, but a few sentences in it all started to be a blur to me. I’m not very good at high-concept. Once the CD started playing, though, my concerns about approachability were erased. While this is by no means a rousing, driving-on-an-open-highway, rocking-out kind of piece of music, it’s also not at all the hifalutin’, ow-my-ears experience I was starting to be afraid of. In fact, midway through the second track (“Mark”) Pookie and I started to discuss our feelings about the music and we’d both come to the same conclusion — it sounds like something you’d hear accompanying a video installation at an art museum. You know, the kind of thing where you walk into a small dark gallery off to the side somewhere, with the little built-in benches and carpeted walls, and you watch some weird video just because you’re enjoying not being on your feet for a few minutes, and then suddenly you realize you’ve watched the film three times through because the whole atmosphere is just incredibly cool. Pookie added that more than just taking her back to that film about sparks we saw at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo a few years ago, it just made her feel like her mind was being engaged in ways it isn’t usually, the way a good art museum does. Just so you don’t think it’s too hoity, we also felt at times that we were at a planetarium, aquarium, and rain forest installation at a zoo or conservatory. In a good way. Pookie also astutely pointed out that at times it sounded like we were being talked to by the robots from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

In short, this was surprisingly listenable for being so experimental, and while neither of us listens to music to be really intellectual about it all, this was extremely enjoyable for making our minds open up and fire in different ways for 45 minutes. The standout tracks for us were the aforementioned “Mark”; “The Shrine of Wreckless Illumination”, with its snakey guitar bits (it was the most straightforwardly musical of the tracks); and “A Choir Speaks”, with the way it made its elements ebb from sounding organic to inorganic and then back again. (We’d link to some samples of this, but shockingly there aren’t any clips on YouTube. Wait, this wasn’t a wildly popular, commercial project?)

–Schnookie

Also tingling the ol’ earholes this week:

I was digging some chill instrumentals this week at work, like super-duper favorite Alessandro Stefana (seriously, check out his two Guano Padano albums and his solo one, Poste e Telegrafi), and in slightly moodier fare, some Stephen R. Smith.

When we were rocking harder, it was to Big Business’s “Quadruple Single”, which we’d tried ordering as MP3s from their website. The files wouldn’t open on Pookie’s computer, so she sent an email through the site for assistance, and the band’s guitarist replied, emailing her the files directly. So we had to listen to them a lot, since they were sent with such individualized care and attention, right?

Futurewatch! Things we’re excited for:

Hey, remember where we mentioned Alessandro Stefana a few sentences ago? (Because seriously, you should, because everyone should be listening to Guano Padano. It’s so much fun!) Well, we learned this week that he’s got a new project coming out some time in 2013:

There was a Nora Roberts book that came out a few years ago where the hero is a painter. The heroine looks at one of his works of flowers along a roadside in Ireland and says, “When I look at it, I feel like I’m on a roadside in Ireland surrounded by flowers, and isn’t that the point of art?” Needless to say, we’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of laughing at that quote and saying, “No, no it is not the point of art.” (I should add, though, that the book, “Chesapeake Blue”, is fabulous.) This new Alessandro Stefana song makes me feel like I’m eating delicious ice cream in a sunny piazza in Italy, and isn’t that the point of music?

— Pookie

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Project Hydra Head For Your Earholes: Week 1

To kick off another year of awesome music, we picked up a grab bag of 30 CDs from Hydra Head Records.  We’re going to snag one at random each weekend, give it a spin, and then keep track of it here, along with notes about whatever else is tickling our musical fancy that week.  It’s a sort of Project365 for Your Earholes!

Week 1: “Conquerer” by Jesu

Jesu - Conquerer

I sort of cheated with this week, because I didn’t pull this at random.  Before committing to buying the grab bag, I checked out a few HHR bands, and Jesu sounded amazing.  I was very eagerly anticipating this one, and had high expectations for some mind-blowing complex post-metal weirdness.  OK, first lesson of Project Hydra Head for Your Earholes: don’t have any expectations.  This album was much more straight-forward and listenable than I imagined; it wasn’t the least bit weird or challenging.  That wasn’t really disappointing per se, but the vocals definitely threw me for a loop.  They were like something out of some “indie” band — inoffensive and airy.  I can see the track “Conqueror” being a staple on Spring playlists for years to come, but my initial reaction is that I’d like this a lot more with different vocals.

— Pookie

Also tingling the ol’ earholes this week:

Creature with the Atom Brain – it’s like what Queens of the Stone Age should sound like

Big Business – after wallowing in a lot of Mark Lanegan in December, it was hard rock week at Maple Hoo!  Hands up, indeed.

John Zorn’s “The Concealed” – it’s like a slightly more serious Dreamers

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Is That An Actual Photo Excursion I See There?!

That’s right, we actually, finally got up off our duffs for a good old fashioned photo excursion! We’ve lived just around the corner from Grounds For Sculpture for years but have never bothered to go over despite everyone and their mother telling us that it’s delightful. Meanwhile, we hadn’t seen our buddy elizabetht in forever which is totally unacceptable. So last weekend we bundled up the cameras and headed out for some modern sculpture photography and catching up over fried pickles and beers. In the end, I think we were all more interested in the fried pickles, but we did get some shots we liked.

Viney

Dirt Carpet

Giant Vase Of Flowers

Red Filter Bokeh Sparkle

Plant Piano

I Blinded Myself For This?

More Than One Peacock

Tiny Chairs

January 28 2012

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An Open Letter To Crafters On The Internet Who Have Recently Discovered Cross-Stitching Is Fun

Dear Crafters On The Internet Who Have Recently Discovered Cross-Stitching Is Fun,

As a long-time cross-stitch enthusiast, I am beyond thrilled that cross stitch is finally getting its due alongside other “rediscovered” cool crafts like knitting, crochet, and quilting. For too long, it’s been ignored as a dorky craft suitable only for grandmother’s bathrooms. It deserves better than that!

However, when most people on the internet embraced knitting, crochet, and quilting, there’s been a lot of love for using high quality or designer materials. So why, for the love of all that’s crafty, is everyone using Aida or evenweave cloth?! People, there’s a whole world out there of beautiful fabrics that are a joy to work with, that feel good in your hand while you work, that add depth to your work, that compliment the colors of your floss*.

It’s called linen, and if you’re not at least trying it out, you’re doing your project and the process of cross stitching a huge disservice. If you have the budget, would you knit/crochet/quilt with polyester? No, because it wouldn’t feel as nice in your hands while working, and the final product doesn’t look as good, right? Guess what? The difference between Aida and linen is the same thing. So this year, do yourself and your stitching a favor — switch out that Aida for some linen. You will not regret it, I guarantee it.

Hugs and kisses,
Pookie

P.S. If you’re worried that it’ll be much more difficult, don’t worry and just go for it! Start with a big count linen. Sure, you may need to really focus in the beginning about counting up and over two linen threads for every stitch, but once you get going, you’ll start to see the linen in terms of the grid made by your existing stitches, and not in terms of each individual linen thread. Trust me!

*If you’ve really got the budget, I also highly recommend trying out silk thread instead of floss. It’ll blow your mind. It’s like sewing or quilting with voile instead of Kona cotton.

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Old Fashioned Marmalade

When I first got the canning bug way back in September I would spend many productive hours at work staring at pictures of other people’s canned goods on Flickr. (Yes, I’m just that cool.) One of the first recipes I stumbled across that I simply had to make, then, was this one for Minneola Old Fashioned Marmalade. It seemed like just the sort of thing that the newer, better, canning me should be able to offer with afternoon tea and crumpets.

This past weekend I finally had a clear canning schedule, so old fashioned marmalade was a go.

January 7 2012

I’ve never actually eaten marmalade (that I know of), so didn’t think very hard about what kind of process would be involved in making it. I immediately learned one thing: getting all the pith off the peels sucks. I’m sure there are far more efficient processes to do this than what I’d come up with, but that’s of no use to the me on Saturday morning who feared she’d have horrible, hooked claw hands for the rest of her life. The pain was quickly forgotten, though, because this recipe isn’t about olde-tyme marmalade — it’s about old fashioned cocktail marmalade, so I got to use my newest, favorite ingredient.

Figgy Orange Bitters In Action

Homemade bitters! I had three types to choose from, all bottled in the last week or so, and opted for the figgy-orange ones. They are precious and delicious and I jealously guard them, but I’m very pleased to report that this marmalade recipe was good enough to justify using the dear, dear bitters in.

Vanilla Flecks

The whole thing is so simple and also so genius. It’s sort of the standard marmalade, made out of Honeybell tangelos, with an addition of vanilla bean, rye and bitters. It’s like where orange gumdrops meet my favorite cocktail, only something you can spread on toast.

January 8 2012

And I even got to try out one of the fancy German jars Santa brought me for Christmas. I’m just in love with how pretty this whole recipe experience ended up being. And to top it all off, for the three regular Ball mason jars we got along with that one Weck one, Pookie made perhaps her greatest label yet.

Old-Fashioned Marmalade

It’s all almost too lovely to eat. Almost.

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We Are Doing Excellent Learning

We’re not much for New Years resolutions here at Maple Hoo; instead we just try to make the (very easy) promise to ourselves to know more by the end of the year than we did at the beginning. Considering that you’d have to spend the year in a coma to fail to accomplish that, making this your New Years resolution pretty much guarantees that you get to feel all smug and like you accomplished your goals when the next January comes around. That said, 2011 was an exceptionally learn-y year for us. Some things we learned because we had no choice, others we sought out deliberately; in no particular order, here’s an overview of what 2011 taught us.

1. We can turn tragedy into happiness, tree-wise.

Purple And Orange

The new vineyard fence, bedecked for the Halloween season. Maple Hoo is much, much more festive now that those dang trees are gone.

We lost a lot of major trees around our yard this year. The big oak in the backyard, the trees lining the driveway (technically on the neighboring property, but whatevs), and half of the shade maple in the backyard all bit it, for a variety of reasons. We were devastated on each count, and spent some time moping about how beauty would never, ever return to our lives… until we really thought about what the changes meant. No line of trees along the driveway means a place to put a fence, on which we can string some wires for trellising, on which we can hang holiday lights in the fall and winter and grow grapes and gourds in the spring and summer. That? Is awesome! No oak and half the maple canopy means considerably more sunshine in the backyard, in which we can grow more foodstuffs. What kind of foodstuffs do we want more of, but don’t have room for in the front-yard garden? Berries! Sweet! Now that those trees are out of our way, the backyard can become the lush berry farm Maple Hoo has always dreamed of. See? Disaster can become opportunity! Thanks, 2011, for showing us how that works.

2. If you do actually take the time to get off your butt to plant bulbs in the fall, it will pay off in the Spring.

By the time fall rolls around we’re normally so over doing garden shit that we really, really don’t want to be bothered with, like, taking out the dying veggie plants and winterizing the yard and blah blah blah. Even less appealing than those sorts of essential chores is the thought of planting bulbs. Yes, flowers are nice, and yes, daffodils and crocuses are insanely easy flowers to have in your yard. But who wants to bother? It would be so much nicer just to sit inside and watch football. Well, last fall we sternly cracked the whip, and Spring 2011 exploded with massive reward. For a good three or four weeks in early spring our yard was literally the envy of the neighborhood.

Daffodil in Peacock Circle

Bulb planting — do it.

3. If you take the time on the front end of your garden, it’ll pay off.

This is something we’ve been aware of for years, thanks to having gone to the trouble to put in raised beds for our front-yard garden, but 2011 made us even more acutely aware of it. For a variety of reasons, we really got thinking this summer about why our garden achieves whatever success it manages (this is not to suggest we’re, like, kick-ass gardeners. We consider it an outrageously good growing season if 70% of what we planted yields something), and we concluded that the trick is all in the planning. Well-built beds and well covered paths between the beds keep weeds to a minimum. Carefully planned and mapped planting layouts help us know where the good plants are, making weeding easy. Trellising, staking, training and pruning in the early days of baby plants will make grown-up plants fun to work with.

June 28 2011

Look how lush and tidy! If we, say, had decided not to properly stake the tomatoes in the far bed, and, say, had planted pole beans in the middle of the bush-bean bed by accident, this place could be a disaster! Take our word for it.

4. It can be rewarding to expand your garden horizons beyond the fence.

We lost our front-yard tree last summer, and this year we finally stepped outside the confines of our garden proper to put some sunflowers where the black locust had been. And you know what? It rawked.

August 14 2011

5. Canning is awesome.

We have been terrified of canning for years, which is sort of ridiculous considering how much produce we get from our garden and CSA share every summer. Well, this year we finally confronted our fears and took the plunge.

October 3 2011

My god, how we plunged. We had our first canning experience in mid-September and spent the next ten weeks going hog-wild. It seems that no matter how many delicious goodies we cook and put into cans, there are five or six more we want to make. We can’t wait for next year’s fresh fruits and veggies to start coming in so we can start canning like crazy again.

6. We don’t need to grow soup beans but we do need to grow green beans.

One of the staples of our garden has always been soup beans, because it’s a fun and lazy sort of crop. You stick beans in the ground, let them grow, let the plants dry out, then get soup beans out of the dried-out pods. The only problem is that our crops tend to be awfully small, as if the garden gods only want to reward our laziness with about a handful of soup beans. That’s a small batch of soup, yo.

But this past summer we grew green beans for the first time, and they were both bountiful and delicious. And then we discovered the best part — you can pickle and can them! WOO HOO! Screw you, soup beans. There’s a new man in town.

Best.  Label.  Ever.

Have we mentioned how much we love making labels for our canned goods? That’s almost as much fun as the food part of it all.

7. Applique is awesome.

As quilters we’ve been convinced that we only like piecework, and all other types of quilt-crafts suck. Then we got started on Bunny Hill’s “Night Before Christmas” quilt and learned that hand applique is easy, quick, and crazy, crazy fun.

November 27 2011

The finished product is a lot more, um, attached than this.

8. Red Dead Redemption is awesome.

::Happy sigh::

We’re not gamers by any stretch of the imagination, but after enough people said that “Red Dead Redemption” was amazing, and because Boomer loves Westerns, we decided to get it for her on Mother’s Day. And you know what? It was by far the best TV-ish entertainment experience we had all year. We’ve watched tons of sports and movies and current TV shows and old TV shows on DVD, but nothing came close to being as much fun as Red Dead.

9. We can still thoroughly enjoy the Devils even when they suck.

Okay, so that was a lesson that really was contained primarily in 2010, because the Devils suckiness from the past NHL season was pretty much confined to the time before the New Year. (In fact, we were recently informed that they had the third-best record in the league in the 2011 calendar year…) But the fact remains that they didn’t make the playoffs this past spring, for the first time since we’ve been watching hockey. And they started out this season looking a bit… not-much-better. We’ve spent a lot of years with a lot of our free time focused on being fans of a team we thought should be competing for the Stanley Cup. 2011 taught us that even when our team is obviously doing no such thing, we can still really enjoy our fandom.

VE Mats Crunching Numbers

This was the day we realized the numbers weren’t going to work, and the Devils were definitely going to be hitting the links in April. But Victory Euro Mats kept on smiling.

10. Learning to eat more locally-sourced foods can be an extremely fun and rewarding challenge.

When you grow up less than two miles from one of the world’s greatest farm stands, you tend to take local produce for granted. Then when you move to Scottsdale, Arizona and discover that your grocery store stocks literally nothing from anywhere you could drive to in less than a day, you suddenly start to realize how lucky you were back in the heart of farm country. So when we moved back here to Jersey in 2003 we were really excited to get to join an extremely local CSA. For the next seven summers we were happy with our easy-to-find local produce; we were supporting a farm in our neighborhood, watching our veggies grow, and learning all about how our food fits into the world we live in. In 2011, though, we started getting interested in what else our area has to offer. What we’ve found is an incredible bounteous bounty. We have award-winning cheesemakers, abundant fresh eggs, fresh pork, turkeys, and chickens (and beef, if we were so inclined), year-round farmers markets, creative artisanal bakeries, and goodness knows what else. Now, we aren’t going in for hard-core locavorism — we’ve just learned how much fun it is to explore our nearby foodshed.

Oct 22 2011

One cool discovery? Local cranberries! 21 quarts of them, in fact, for a song. Our local foodshed demands a larger chest freezer.

11. It constantly gets easier to find obscure or niche music thanks to the internet.

This is a complete no-brainer, and something everyone has known for years. But 2011 was a year when we finally tapped the wellspring of exciting, new (to us) music. Oh, avant garde metal. How did we live so long without you?

November 28 2011

Seriously. How did we live so long without you?

12. It’s extremely simple to extend the growing season with tasty greens.

Every year we’ve sworn that we really wanted to get our spring harvests started earlier and our fall harvests ending later. In 2011 we actually did something about it. We got a sort of cross between a greenhouse and a coldframe, and used that to get cold-weather lettuces started weeks earlier than we’ve ever done in the past.

March 12 2011

This was one of our favorite photos of the year.

Even more exciting was what happened when we tossed a few packets of seeds into the empty beds after clearing out the tomato plants. We planted a whole bunch of types of winter greens in early September and then did literally nothing to tend to them. They didn’t have a fantastic germination rate, but even so, we ended up with scads of delicious boc choy, baby chard, tatsoi, salad mix, and braising mix. Our last harvest of them was on December 27. December 27!

December 11 2011

Being a wintertime farmer is rad.

13. Shooting in RAW makes our photography so much easier.

We resisted RAW for ages, because it sounded so photo-technical, and if there’s anything we’re really not, it’s tech geeks about our photography. But for some inexplicable reason, Pookie finally decided to figure it out in 2011. It has made us so happy. Gone are the days when we have to worry about white balance! Gone are the days when we struggle with our rudimentary Photoshop skills to correct exposure issues! Gone are the days when it takes us more than 20 seconds to completely process a picture! It’s the lazy photographer’s dream come true!

Before…

December 31 2011

…and after!

So that’s the story of 2011; here’s hoping 2012 will be just as informative, delicious, exciting, and fun!

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